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May 12, 2015

Focus on Islamic State and Libya as NATO foreign ministers meet

ANTALYA, Turkey (Reuters) – Preoccupied for more than a year by the Ukraine crisis, NATO foreign ministers meeting in Turkey this week will focus on instability on the alliance’s southern flank, ranging from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to turmoil in Libya.

By meeting in Turkey, which shares a 1,200 km (750-mile) border with Iraq and Syria, NATO hopes to show it is responsive to the concerns of its southern members, as well as reinforcing eastern European allies worried by Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

May 11, 2015

Russia has equipped Ukraine rebels to attack at short notice

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s chief said on Monday that Russia had built up forces on the border with Ukraine and sent more military hardware into eastern Ukraine, enabling pro-Russia separatists to launch attacks with little warning if they chose.

“There has been a Russian build-up, both along the borders between Russia and Ukraine but also inside eastern Ukraine, with a steady flow of heavy equipment, tanks, artillery, ammunition, air defence systems and a lot of training,” alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference.

May 11, 2015

NATO: Russia has equipped Ukraine rebels to attack at short notice

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s chief said on Monday that Russia had built up forces on the border with Ukraine and sent more military hardware into eastern Ukraine, enabling pro-Russia separatists to launch attacks with little warning if they chose.

“There has been a Russian build-up, both along the borders between Russia and Ukraine but also inside eastern Ukraine, with a steady flow of heavy equipment, tanks, artillery, ammunition, air defense systems and a lot of training,” alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference.

May 10, 2015

EU plan to redistribute migrants strains solidarity

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive Commission will propose this week redistributing migrants more evenly, opposed by some in the bloc, to ease the burden on Italy and other members facing an influx.

The Commission is set to unveil on Wednesday its long-awaited European Agenda on Migration which will call for an overhaul of EU policies.

May 8, 2015

U.S. envoy trusts new UK government will keep NATO defense pledge

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Friday he was confident that newly re-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron would stick to a NATO defense spending pledge despite expectations that his budget-tightening plans could spell more defense cuts.

Britain is one of only four of NATO’s 28 members that meet a target of spending two percent of their Gross Domestic Product on defense, but on current projections, British military spending will fall below that level in the next few years as London tries to rein in a big budget deficit.

May 4, 2015

Britain can’t impose its agenda on EU: Juncker

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain should get a fair deal in the European Union but cannot impose its agenda on the bloc’s other 27 members, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday, weighing in on a sensitive issue in a tight British election race.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that if he wins Thursday’s election, he would hold a referendum on EU membership in 2017 once he has renegotiated EU treaties to wrest back powers from Brussels — notably a right to limit immigration within the 28-nation bloc.

Apr 30, 2015

Hungary’s Orban climbs down on death penalty amid EU uproar

BUDAPEST/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Viktor Orban backed away from suggestions Hungary might re-introduce the death penalty on Thursday after angry criticism from European Union allies.

Orban’s Fidesz party, under pressure from a eurosceptic right, said on Wednesday it wanted to raise the possible reintroduction of the death penalty with its EU partners.

Apr 24, 2015

Europe needs strong will to tackle migrants: Australian minister

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Australia’s tough policies have stopped migrants reaching the country by boat and Europe will need strong will to tackle boat migrants in the Mediterranean, Australia’s foreign minister said on Friday.

Julie Bishop said NATO ambassadors had discussed the thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East taking to dangerous, overcrowded vessels to try to reach Europe, during a meeting in Brussels she took part in on Friday.

Apr 23, 2015

Kiev to ask EU to send experts to eastern Ukraine

BRUSSELS, April 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine will ask the European
Union next Monday to send experts to eastern Ukraine to carry
out missions ranging from removing mines to training police, its
ambassador in Brussels said on Thursday.

Kostiantyn Yelisieiev said Ukraine would raise the issue at
a Kiev summit between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko,
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European
Council President Donald Tusk.

Apr 22, 2015

EU leaders to boost rescue operations after migrant boat disaster

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders, under pressure to act to stop more migrants dying in the Mediterranean, will agree at a crisis summit on Thursday to boost search and rescue operations and step up the fight against traffickers.

Public outrage over the death of up to 900 migrants last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya has led EU governments to reverse last year’s decision to scale down search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

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